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Welcome to the 2021 Record to Report (R2R) blog series!!!! This is the first of 20ish blogs all focused on the  process. See the end of this blog for links to all the blogs in the series, updated weekly.

The R2R process is an ever-changing mandatory process. Some call it R2R, some call it close to disclose, some call it accounting and financial close, some don’t call it anything but just do it. Given the crazy disruption in our lives in the recent past the R2R process has, in many cases, finally gotten that compelling event to rethink the process. We have been forced to improve processes based on new requirements and have had to figure out how to close the books remotely, with new policies and procedures.

There are many dimensions to the financial close, three of which are people, process, and technology. While analyzing areas for change and improvement, each of these areas needs to be assessed. Do my people have the right skills for the tasks they are doing? Could they be better utilized doing other tasks? Are my processes documented? Are they effective and efficient? Am I leveraging technology to automate tasks where possible? How are we going to do this all remotely? Will we continue to do so in the future?

The R2R process has many different steps. This blog series will break down the steps in the R2R process into consumable pieces. A broad overview:

And all of these depend on each other. As Bill Gates so eloquently put it, “The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.”

So let’s discuss efficiency!! We will walk you through each of these various steps of the R2R process in detail. We’ll also include suggested ways of improving each, thus transforming your finance department and delivering a more efficient, transparent, and auditable process.

I, with a little (a lot of) help from my friends, will deliver weekly blogs to discuss many facets of the R2R process.

Our weekly series will include the following topics:

  • Financial Recording – SAP S/4HANA & The Universal Journal

  • Financial Recording – Central Finance

  • Financial Accounting – Revenue Recognition

  • Financial Accounting – Account Substantiation

  • Financial Accounting – Intercompany Accounting

  • Financial Closing – Financial Consolidation

  • Financial Reporting – Reporting and Analysis

  • R2R Recap

As all the blogs are published, I will update this blog as an index for easy reference.

Thanks for reading! Please read all our stuff!

Check out the rest of our series:

R2R Series Blog #1: Record to Report Blog Series Kick Off | SAP Blogs

R2R Series Blog #2: How to increase process efficiency in the financial close leveraging SAP’s Moder...

R2R Series Blog #3: Why did the accountant cross the road? | SAP Blogs

R2R Series Blog #4: Ignite Your Growth of Bottom Line with SAP S/4HANA GR/IR | SAP Blogs

R2R Series Blog #5: Hard Close, Fast Close, Soft Close and Continuous Accounting | SAP Blogs

R2R Series Blog #6: Build vs Buy – 3rd Party Data Integration for SAP Central Finance | SAP Blogs

R2R Series Blog #7: Market Overview – SAP Contract and Lease Management | SAP Blogs

R2R Series Blog #8: Make your SAP S/4HANA for Central Finance implementation a success | SAP Blogs

R2R Series Blog #9 Automated Revenue Management | SAP Blogs

R2R Series Blog #10: Why You Need SAP Account Substantiation & Automation by BlackLine if you’re run...

R2R Series Blog #11: How SAP Account Substantiation and Automation by BlackLine Complements SAP Trea...

R2R Series Blog #12: Improving Compliance & Controls with SAP GRC & SAP Account Substantiation and A...

R2R Series Blog #13: Modern Entity Closing using SAP S/4HANA Cloud for Advanced Financial Closing as...

R2R Series Blog #14: Run Centralized Payment Operations on SAP S/4HANA Finance: A Platform Built for...

R2R Series Blog #15: Payments and Bank Communication in S/4HANA Cloud | SAP Blogs

R2R Series Blog #16: Delivering security when approving payments in SAP S/4HANA | SAP Blogs

Next Week: SAP Intercompany Hub by BlackLine

Call to action: To learn more about process efficiency in the financial close, join us and customers at the virtual event for Financial Close and Reporting.